The popular English surname, patronymic Harrison (the son of Harry or Henry) has developed many variant spellings. These include Harrissone, Harison, Harryson, Harisson, Harson and Hartson, but probably the rarest and most unusual of all is Hairsin or Hairsine. It is a development of Harisin, one Radulf Harisin being recorded on November 1st 1613, at Braites Church, Warwickshire. The name is well recorded in the East Midlands and Yorkshire although with some considerable variation of spelling Abraham Haresign being recorded as marrying Tabitha Blanshard at Hemingborough (Yorks) in 1756. Although the name changes to Haresine, at the christening of his son also Abraham, in 1762. In the earliest recording Daniel Harsine was a witness at the christening of his daughter - Mary. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Daniel Harsine, which was dated May 18th 1718, at Howden Church, East Riding of Yorkshire, during the reign of King George 1, "Hanover George", 1715 - 1727. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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